Private legal practitioner Samuel Atta Akyea has described as constitutional lawlessness, President John Mahama’s decision to free the three persons serving a four-month jail term for criminal contempt.
According to him, the president made a decision founded on partisan grounds and used same to rubbish the judiciary.
Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show with Kojo Yankson Tuesday, a day after the president remitted the sentences of the three persons, the Abuakwa South MP said it is unfortunate that the same people who said they will kill and rape judges have been left to go escort free.
The president, according to a statement issued on Monday, August 22, 2016, by Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, granted a radio host with the Accra-based Montie FM Salifu Maase and two panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako-Gunn freedom.
They were found guilty of scandalizing the court and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment by the Supreme Court. The President’s decision means that they would have served only one of the four months’ sentence by the time they are released on August 26, 2016.
Atta Akyea believes that the president has told every Ghanaian that he is a president determined to do anything to please the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He explained that the President has proven by his action that when one speaks for him and rubbishes others, he will use the constitution to set them free if they are found guilty of an offence.
The MP said he was saddened that President Mahama could use the constitution to denigrate and rubbish the judiciary.
He noted that the president has the comfort to rule this country because of a decision of the Supreme Court without which he would not be president.
The Court dismissed a Presidential Election Petition challenging his election by a 5 -4 majority decision.